Join the cycling Shakespeareans – the Handlebards – and enjoy, in the words of Sir Ian McKellen, ‘uproariously funny’ evenings from 1-3 September at Chelsea Physic Garden.

The Garden, founded in 1673 for the purpose of training apprentices in the identification and use of medicinal plants, and now home to the world’s most northerly grapefruit tree amongst other wonders, play host to two evenings of Richard III and one of Much Ado About Nothing.

The Handlebards have cycled thousands of miles across the world, carrying all of their set, props and costume, to perform environmentally sustainable and ‘charmingly chaotic’ Shakespeare plays. Details of the Chelsea Physic Garden performances are as follows:

Richard III: Thursday, 1 September and Friday, 2 September – 7pm

Much Ado About Nothing: Saturday, 3 September – 7pm 

Tickets: £16 – including a gin & tonic.

More information, including how to book tickets can be found on the Chelsea Physic Garden website.

Chelsea Physic Garden is also a charity that is dedicated to demonstrating the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and well-being of humankind. If you would like to find out more and get involved with the Garden, do check out their volunteering opportunities.